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Freddie Roach warns Keith Thurman against going after Manny Pacquiao

Freddie Roach has warned Keith Thurman not to rush in against Manny Pacquiao when the pair collide next month in Las Vegas.

The reigning Fighter of the Decade and boxer laureate, Senator Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs), is back and the sports world is for the better because of it.

One week removed from his landing to a throng of fans and media at LAX, Manny has exceeded everyone’s expectations in training camp.


Pacquiao is preparing for his challenge of undefeated WBA welterweight super champion “One Time” Thurman. This may be the only normal thing about his current training camp.

Three days in, he was displaying a chiseled physique and a six pack of abs.

Forty may just be a number to Manny but his trainer, World-Famous Roach, wouldn’t be surprised if Thurman became Manny’s fortieth knockout victim.

“If Thurman comes straight in and goes after Manny, which I think he will, he is going to be cooked. Chef Manny will be serving him up on a platter like Lobster Thurmandor,” said Roach.

Boxing’s only eight-division world champion is the Philippines’ national treasure. Amazin’ Manny is set for his third world championship fight in the past 12 months.


He and Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs), from Clearwater, Florida, who is 10 years Manny’s junior, will battle in a welterweight world title attraction. It headlines a PBC on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event, Saturday, July 20, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.


In a battle of unbeatens, IBF super middleweight world champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (28-0, 10 KOs), from Nashville, will make the first defense of his title against the pride of the University of Notre Dame Mike Lee (21-0, 11 KOs), from Chicago.

Plant v Lee is the main event of FOX PBC Fight Night. Also on FOX Deportes preceding the Pay-Per-View. The event begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The respective world championship showdowns will take place on Saturday, July 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Pacquiao v Thurman is promoted by MP Promotions, Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions. Remaining tickets to this world championship event can be purchased online through

Charge by phone at 866-740-7711 or in person at any MGM Resorts International box office. Plant vs. Lee is presented by TGB Promotions and Sweethands Promotions.